Henry Congressional @ 44 Holland Grove Rd
A pop up cafe that specialises in coffee, tea, beer and home baked goods, Henry Congressional is definitely a unique concept you do not see often. Occupying one of the spaces at the ground level of the Henry Park Apartments, Henry Congressional stands out with its large wooden signboard and perhaps as one of the few shops that are still open. While many tenants have already moved out due to the impending enbloc come January 2013, the owners of Henry Congressional have instead gamely set up shop two months ago, hoping to reminisce in the last few months of the estate’s existence.
The decor of the little cafe is simple but adequate, with a couple of hanging light bulbs, a few tables and chairs for patrons and of course most importantly, that sturdy Espresso Speedster Coffee Machine responsible for their self-roasted specialty coffees.
But what stands out the most is what’s printed on the white-washed walls which you see the moment you push through the wire gauge doors and enter the store.
The true meaning of behind the name- Henry Congressional…
We came here for a quick bite and a cuppa on the way to church since we were still early. And my, does this place certainly have its fans because we could hardly find a seat when we came in. It is interesting to note that despite its relatively ‘ulu’ location, people actually do know about this place and bother to travel all the way just to check it out. The people at Henry Congressional must be doing something right.
The Skinny Latte $5 and their signature Pandan Chiffon Cake $4 come highly recommended. My two coffee connoisseurs who were with me could not stop raving about their coffee so I am guessing it must be really good. The Pandan Chiffon Cake which I did try was possibly one of the best I have ever had. I love old school pandan chiffon cake and have a soft spot for the homemade ones at old confectioneries so take my word for it when I say that this fluffy green pandan goodness is a must order when you come here.
There were mostly only individual slices of cake left on each of the cake stands when we arrived, so clearly their in-house baker must be doing a pretty good job at the oven. I was spoilt for choice as it was really tempting to order one of each of the leftovers because everything looked so homemade and delicious. But I did end up very satisfied with what we eventually decided on.
Mocha $6 and Sour Cream Walnut Apple Pie $4.
It will certainly be a waste when Henry Congressional disappears with the rest of the enbloc apartments next year. I just love how the staff are so laidback, friendly and easy to chat to, how their coffee can make my friends happy, how their Kyoto Genmaicha was simply refreshing and how soft and light their Pandan Chiffon Cake was. They certainly made my Saturday afternoon.
Henry Congressional, I will miss you when you close in January…
44 Holland Grove Road
Tel: 9107 7547
Wed – Thu: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm